NZRC to heat up Canterbury Forests
Images: Geoff Ridder Photography The Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship roars back into action this weekend with round three of the series, the Lone Star Rally Canterbury, set to heat up the Ashley and Okuku forests. The man picked to set the pace is current NZRC leader Ben Hunt. Hunt and co-driver › Read more
Murphy to make rally debut in Canterbury
Kiwi motor racing legend Greg Murphy will make his rally debut at the 2015 Lone Star Canterbury Rally over Queen’s Birthday weekend. Having made a race career on tarmac, Murphy has always had a hankering to try his hand at rallying on gravel and will compete in the Historic Class. “It’s something I’ve wanted to › Read more
Top result for Van Klink at Otago
  Kaiapoi’s Marcus van Klink has recorded a fantastic runner up in the Otago Classic Rally, which also doubled as round two of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, over the weekend. A star studded line up saw van Klink and co-driver Dave Neill facing opposition from current World Rally Championship star › Read more
Dream result at Otago for Campbell
  Tauranga rally driver Phil Campbell has recorded a dream result at the second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, the Drivesouth Otago Rally, coming home second overall and claiming top points in the four-wheel drive category. Campbell and co-driver Venita Fabbro headed to the southern-most championship round third in › Read more
Paddon takes stunning victory at Otago
  New Zealand World Rally Championship driver Hayden Paddon has taken a stunning victory in the Otago Rally, round two of the 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Paddon and co-driver John Kennard showed the class that has taken them to the World Rally Championship by winning the event outright in an › Read more
Campbell leads after dramatic opening day at Otago Rally
  Tauranga’s Phil Campbell holds a narrow lead after a dramatic opening day of the Drivesouth Otago Rally, the second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Campbell and co-driver Venita Fabbro’s Mitsubishi Evo 9 sit 16.4 seconds ahead of Kiwi World Rally Championship driver Hayden Paddon/John Kennard BDA, with Lance › Read more
Van Klink ready for the big one
Kaiapoi’s Marcus van Klink feels prepared for the this weekend’s Otago Classic Rally, which also doubles as the second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. The Otago event is the star classic rallying event in New Zealand, regularly attracting overseas stars to take on the best in the country. 2012 › Read more
Big names head south for Rally Championship challenge
A star studded entry heads to the rolling hills and forest tracks of the Drivesouth Rally of Otago next weekend for the second round of the 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Headlining the entry are round one winner American Rally Superstar Ken Block, current championship leader Ben Hunt, and New Zealands › Read more
News between the rounds
With only a 3 week gap between the opening two rounds of the 2015 NZRC, its been a busy period for teams. Catch a recap of the latest news below (Photos courtesy Geoff Ridder): Casualties from Whangarei: Three crews are set to miss the second round of the championship following issues at the opening round. › Read more
The Motu is back – Worlds most challenging stage returns
The Motu Road gorge, widely regarded in World Rallying as the toughest most challenging piece of road is making a comeback. The Motu will be the feature of Rally Gisborne to be held on 27th June, round four of the 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. The Gisborne event, run by Rally › Read more
Top start to season for Van Klink
  Marcus van Klink has made the perfect start to his Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship with a dominant victory on the opening round, Rally Whangarei. Defending his historic championship in the Chesters Plumbing Mazda RX-7, van Klink faced strong opposition from former New Zealand Rally Champion Brian Stokes but stamped his › Read more
Major setback for Holder at Whangarei
  Mount Maunganui Rally driver David Holder has suffered a major setback in his 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship campaign, after a heavy crash ended an impressive run at the opening round, Rally Whangarei. Joined by stand-in co-driver Rob Scott for the event, Holder took the opportunity to write his own › Read more
Photo Gallery – International Rally Whangarei
Renowned motorsport photographer Geoff Ridder was out and about on the stages over the weekend capturing the action of round one of the 2015 Brian Green Property Group NZ Rally Championship. Check out a gallery of Geoffs pics here:     › Read more
Block wins Rally Whangarei
  American Rally superstar Ken Block has taken victory in the opening round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, Rally Whangarei, after a dominant performance saw him and co-driver Alex Gelsomino finish more than two minutes clear of their nearest rival. Block took his Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta to a › Read more
Block storms to NZRC lead after day one
American driver Ken Block holds a comfortable lead after the end of leg one of Rally Whangarei, the opening round of the 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino powered their Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta to stage wins on both of the Friday night super special stages › Read more
Title number three the goal for Van Klink
Kaiapoi’s Marcus van Klink heads to the opening round of the 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, Rally Whangarei, looking for the perfect start to the championship. The 2014 season saw van Klink take his second NZRC Historic title and his aim for the 2015 season is to add a third to his › Read more
Stage Previews: International Rally of Whangarei
The 2015 International Rally of Whangarei is set to be a spectacular start to the Brian Green Property Group NZ Rally Championship. A revised format featuring nearly all new stages, and a star studded entry list of cars and stars has generated massive interest in the event. Five times National Champion Richard Mason, young chargers › Read more
NZRC Driver Feature: Darren Galbraith
The Gull Rally Challenge Category has undergone changes for the 2015 season, with competitors now counting their best four scores from six events and able to participate in reconnaissance. This has seen numbers increasing and although he won’t be at Whangarei, defending champion Darren Galbraith has confirmed he will be defending his title, starting at Otago. › Read more
Emma Gilmour eager to begin 2015 NZRC season
A strong build-up over summer, backed up by two years refining her Suzuki Swift Maxi, has Emma Gilmour eagerly anticipating the International Rally of Whangarei on April 17 to 19. With no overseas commitments this year, Dunedin-based Emma will be driving her Suzuki, in its third Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, and will › Read more
NZRC Driver Feature: Walker Brothers
Dan Walker has been one of the biggest supporters of Category 5 – The Gull Rally Challenge, having contested the class every year since it was introduced for the 2013 season in his older Mitsubishi Evo. 2015 sees Walker moving into a newer generation Subaru Impreza and bringing brother Jono along as a team mate › Read more
Spectacular field for National Rally Championship opener
The 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship is set for a titanic battle with one of the strongest championship line ups in recent years to take the start line at round one in Whangarei from 17th-19th April. The entry is headed by five-times national champion Richard Mason, and includes a host of › Read more
Ken Block adds second NZ event to schedule
American Rally star Ken Block has added a second New Zealand rally event to his 2015 schedule. Block and his Hoonigan Racing Division team today announced the addition of the Drivesouth Otago Rallyfest in May to their New Zealand rally campaign which commences at Aprils International Rally of Whangarei. The Global Motorsport sensation announced his › Read more
NZRC Driver Feature: Ben Hunt
Since stepping up to a four-wheel drive car two seasons ago, former Nelson resident Ben Hunt has raised more than a few eyebrows with his consistent speed. A first outright NZRC round win in 2013, was followed by championship runner-up in 2014. We caught up with Ben (and after getting over the initial shock of › Read more
Turner Cruises Into Championship Campaign
Hanging about in the Sydney airport last weekend on the way back to NZ after a recent holiday, I caught up with NZRC contender Dylan Turner. So over a cold drink [bundy and coke of course], we chatted about 2015 and Dylan’s return to the NZRC, his old cars and something about the “Reads”. Firstly › Read more
NZRC Driver Feature: Shannon Chambers
After some impressive performances in the back half of 2014, one of the leading contenders for the rookie title in 2015 will be Pukekohe driver Shannon Chambers, who will also bring an exciting new machine to the second half of this year’s Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Something of a motorsport all-rounder, › Read more
Ken Block returns to New Zealand rally stages
  Global Motorsport sensation Ken Block has today announced he is heading to New Zealand. The American rally driver who has participated in the World Rally Championship and Global Rallycross series will include a round of the New Zealand Rally Championship on his 2015 competition schedule. Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino will contest the International › Read more
Excitement machine to challenge for 2015 NZRC title
Organisers of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship are excited to announce the entry of Alex Kelsey for a full 2015 championship campaign in his ‘Mad Creation 2’. Kelsey’s championship registration was the first to be lodged and the 22-year old Coromandel driver has confirmed he will contest all six rounds in the › Read more
Flashback: The Millen Era
Rod Millen is a legend of NZ Motorsport. Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner, Asia Pacific Rally Champion, and the original NZ Rally Champion. Rod was the winner of the first National Rally title in 1975 driving a Mazda RX3 and proceeded to take hat-trick of titles in his Rotary powered machines in 75, 76 & 77.  Over › Read more
NZRC Driver Feature: David Holder – NZ Junior Champion
Tauranga driver David Holder was the sensation of the 2014 NZRC. Making his debut in the outright 4WD category, David stunned his rivals with his immediate pace at the opening round in Whangarei, taking the lead of the event on the first day. Five podium finishes from six rounds, netted third in the championship and the › Read more
New and favourite stages for 2015 Otago
New stages, some rally favourites and an all-daylight competitive distance of 280 kilometres are features of the 2015 Otago Rally, to be held in and around Dunedin on May 9 and 10. As the second round of the New Zealand Rally Championship, and including the popular Drivesouth Rallyfest and the Stadium Cars/Ssangyong International Classic Otago › Read more
New look Whangarei to host season opener
A revamped International Rally of Whangarei will kick-start the 2015 rally season as it hosts the opening round of the 2015 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship and also the first round of the 2015 New Zealand Rally Championship. Event Organisers are excited by changes to the format for 2015 which includes a host of new › Read more
NZRC Archive Footage
Got the off-season blues? Need a fix of rallying action to get you through until the new season starts? Then check out the NZ Rally Championship Rally Nation Youtube channel. We’ve been dusting off the archives and uploading some classic footage. ‘Smokin Joe’ McAndrew and the Prodrive Legacy, Ross Meekings in the Enzed Celica, Brian Stokes › Read more
2015 Calendar: Rally Championship travels the nation
The 2015 New Zealand Rally Championship is set to be contested over six rounds taking in the best rally roads in the country with announcement this week of the 2015 series calendar.  Northland, Otago, Canterbury, Gisborne, Coromandel and Wairarapa will host rounds of the 2015 Rally Championship, providing a challenging and exciting mix of events › Read more
2014 Gallery of Champions
The 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ has been an exciting season. Congratulations to all competitors who have taken part in the series, but a special congratulations to those that have taken the victory spoils, we salute you for your efforts at being the fastest on the gravel during › Read more
GoPro Daybreaker Rally Gallery
The GoPro Daybreaker Rally, the sixth and final round of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group NZ Rally Championship driven by VINZ was held in beautful conditions in the stunning scenery of the Manawatu and Taihape Districts. Motorsport Photographer Geoff Ridder was out and about on the stages capturing the action, a selection of our › Read more
Masons race to victory at season finale
The Masterton pairing of Richard and Sara Mason have taken victory in the final round of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, the GoPro Daybreaker Rally. With seven out of eleven stage victories over the 196 kilometres of fast flowing gravel competition in the Manawatu and Taihape districts, › Read more
Podium honours at stake during season finale
One of the biggest battles at the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ will be the battle for the remaining championship podium positions. While Richard and Sara Mason have the championship win sealed, a total of six competitors are fighting for the two remaining podium spots, and › Read more
Special Stage Guide: GoPro Daybreaker Rally
This weekend sees the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ but teams have been set arguably the biggest challenge of the season to finish off the year.  The GoPro Daybreaker Rally takes in close to 200km of special stages across 12 hours of Rallying, kicking off › Read more
Challenging finale to National Rally Championship
The 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ is set for its final showdown at the GoPro Daybreaker Rally this weekend.  The sixth and final round of the National Rally championship will take place over 196 kilometres of gravel roads in the Manawatu and Taihape districts with a battle for › Read more
Paddon takes career-best sixth place in Rally Australia
New Zealand’s top rally pairing, Hayden Paddon and John Kennard, has taken their best-ever result in a World Rally Championship event with a well-deserved sixth place at this weekend’s Coates Hire Rally Australia. After an intense battle with the Citroën crew of Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson throughout the event, the Kiwis were perfectly positioned › Read more
Paddon in close fight at Rally Australia
The second day of the Coates Hire Rally Australia round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship sees Kiwi stars Hayden Paddon and John Kennard locked in a tight battle with Mads Østberg and co-driver Jonas Andersson after 14 of the event’s 20 competitive stages. The New Zealanders, in their Hyundai i20 WRC, hold seventh › Read more
Positive start for Paddon at Rally Australia
New Zealand’s star rally drivers Hayden Paddon and John Kennard end the first day of WRC Coates Hire Rally Australia feeling positive about their overall position of sixth. “It hasn’t been too bad today,” said Paddon after the day’s final two runs of the super special stage in Coffs Harbour. “It has been difficult though, › Read more
Paddon all set for Rally Australia
With today’s shakedown sessions now complete, Kiwi rally stars Hayden Paddon and John Kennard are all set for the next three days of international competition as the 2014 World Rally Championship’s tenth round takes place in Australia. Paddon has been looking forward to the 12-14 September running of the Coates Hire Rally Australia all season. › Read more
Rally Nation TV Show – Rally Coromandel this Sunday – 4pm
Rally Nation: VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel Coverage – TV3, 4.00pm this Sunday (14th September) Tune into see all the highlights from the VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel, round five of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ. Join hosts, motorsport commentator Clint Brown and rallydriver Glenn Inkster for a one › Read more
Paddon to draw on experience with Australian Rally
Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard will be drawing on their experience competing on the high-speed country roads and tight, technical forest tracks typical of Rally Australia when they head to this year’s Australian World Rally Championship event. Running 12 to 14 September, the tenth round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship is again › Read more
Holder teams up with Kennard for Daybreaker
Mount Maunganui driver David Holder will benefit from the experience of John Kennard in the co-driver’s seat of the Stadium Cars Ltd Mitsubishi Evo 8 at the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, the GoPro Daybreaker Rally. Holder has turned many heads in his debut season › Read more
Gallery: VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel
The VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel was a spectacular new addition to the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ. Our photographer Euan Cameron was out and about to capture the best of the action as the Coromandel turned on a stunning day for rallying. A few of our favourite › Read more
Campbell takes break through victory on Coromandel
The Tauranga pairing of Phil Campbell and Venita Fabbro have taken their maiden victory in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, by winning the inaugural VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromanel.   Campbell and Fabbro guided their Roofing Store Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 through the 135 kilometres of twisting and › Read more
Youngest National Title holder makes big impression
The 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ has seen plenty of records tumble, mostly at the hands of Richard and Sara Mason, but New Zealand rallying’s youngest national champion was also crowned in 2014, with Hawkes Bay teenager Max Bayley taking out the FIA two-wheel drive class at Rally › Read more
Special Stage Guide: VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel
Round five of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ sees crews head for new territory with the VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel, with rallying returning to the peninsula for the first time in 30 years on Saturday August 23.New roads create an even playing field for all, and › Read more
All new challenge awaits rally teams on Coromandel Peninsula
Competitors in the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, face an all new challenge for round 5, the VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel. The Whitianga based event is a new addition to the championship and will be contested over 135 kilometres of gravel roads on the Coromandel Peninsula. › Read more
News briefs – between the rounds
Its been a 6 week break since the last round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, providing a small break in the season for teams. There has still been plenty happening in the local rally scene, we catchup with some of the news. Campbell takes maiden win on › Read more
Paddon and Kennard hold on for solid finish in Finland
New Zealand’s leading rally drivers Hayden Paddon and John Kennard didn’t let a power steering issue stop them from finishing Neste Oil Rally Finland, holding on for a solid eighth place in their third FIA World Rally Championship event with Hyundai Motorsport. The popular Kiwi pair enjoyed their most competitive rally to date in the › Read more
Paddon and Kennard continue improving in Finland
Top Kiwi rally pairing Hayden Paddon and John Kennard have continued their strong performance during the third day of Neste Oil Rally Finland and now hold sixth place overall with just one short day of the event left to run. The Kiwis are contesting their third event with Hyundai Motorsport in the 2014 FIA World Rally › Read more
Positive progress for Paddon and Kennard in Finland
Hayden Paddon and John Kennard, New Zealand’s only competitors in the FIA World Rally Championship, have moved up the leader-board to hold seventh place overall after day two of Neste Oil Rally Finland. Competing in their third event with Hyundai Motorsport, Paddon and Kennard started Friday’s nine special stages with two very competitive, fourth-quickest times then › Read more
Waterways Super Special Stage brings rally action into Whitianga
An afternoon spectator Super Special Stage will bring the spectacular action of rallying into the township of Whitianga for the VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel on Saturday 23rd August. The Super Special Stage will be run on a 1.17 kilometre tarmac course alongside the Whitianga Waterways on Joan Gaskell Drive. Competitors will contest the › Read more
Rally Nation: Rally Wairarapa TV Coverage this Sunday
TV3, 4.00pm this Sunday (13th July)- tune into see all the highlights from the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa, round four of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ. Join hosts, motorsport commentator Clint Brown and rally driver Glenn Inkster for a one hour review of the Masteron based event. › Read more
VINZ back Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel
  The newest event on the national rally calendar will officially be known as the VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel, with the announcement today of Vehicle Inspection New Zealand (VINZ) as title sponsor of the Whitianga based event on Saturday 23rd August. VINZ is a leading supplier of vehicle inspection and certification in New › Read more
The Masons – The statistics…
Last weekend Richard & Sara Mason wrote their names into the history books of NZ rallying with a record fifth national rally title. The Masons are without a doubt a class act in NZ rallying and over the course of those five titles have set an amazing string of stats through ultra-consistent performances. With the › Read more
Gallery: Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa
The 2014 Trusthouse Racetech Rally of Wairarapa was an event full of colour, excitement and celebration with the Mason Motorsport team securing the 2014 title. Check out the gallery of pics covering all the action here: http://www.nzrallychampionship.co.nz/photos/ › Read more
Masons the class of New Zealand rallying
The Masterton husband and wife pairing of Richard and Sara Mason have created New Zealand Rallying history by winning todays Trusthouse Racetech Rally of Wairarapa. The victory on home roads, secured the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, a record fifth National rally title for Richard. The Mason’s produced › Read more
Spectacular exit for Gilmour
Dunedin’s Emma Gilmour and co-driver Ben Atkinson have unfortunately had a spectacular ending to their Wairapara Rally rolling out of the event on special stage 2. Both Emma and Ben are ok, but a disappointing ending to their event after being fourth fastest in the opening stage. Check out the photo sequence below caught on › Read more
Rally Wairarapa Midday Update: Mason leads
Masterton driver Richard Mason holds the advantage at midday in the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa, round 4 of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ.  A dominant start to the rally with fastest time in the opening 33 kilometre test, 49.6 seconds quicker than Nelson’s Ben Hunt gave Richard the › Read more
Paddon and Kennard make solid start in Poland
The New Zealand crew of Hayden Paddon and John Kennard have started strongly in their first attempt at Lotos Rally Poland, joining their Hyundai Motorsport teammates in the top seven overall after the event’s first day of competition. Competing in just their second event as the Hyundai Motorsport N entry in the 2014 FIA World › Read more
Record fifth title on the line at home rally
Masterton based rally driver Richard Mason has the opportunity to create history at his home rally this weekend, the Trusthouse Racetech Rally of Wairarapa. Mason holds a 68 point lead after three wins from three starts in the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, and only needs a third › Read more
Stage Previews: Trusthouse Racetech Rally of Wairarapa
This year’s Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa moves from last year’s October slot that created plenty of issues with dust and into a more traditional June date to form round four of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ on June 28. For the second season in a row, the event › Read more
Summerfield aims to regain second at Wairarapa
Rangiora’s Matt Summerfield is looking for a strong result to regain his second place in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ at the fourth round, the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa. Summerfield and co-driving sister Nicole recorded a career best result at the opening round of the championship, Rally Whangarei, › Read more
BNT Mason Motorsport expected to cruise through NZRC Rally Wairarapa….Yeah Right
Three wins from three starts mean that four times New Zealand Rally Champions Richard and Sara Mason can win the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship – driven by Vinz [NZRC] at this weekend’s Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa. The Masterton Flyers now hold a massive 68 point lead at the halfway mark › Read more
Stunning Peninsula roads for Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel
A new challenge awaits rally competitors with the ‘Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel’ taking to the roads around the Peninsula on Saturday 23rd August. Based at the seaside town of Whitianga, the Gold Rush Rally is a new addition to the national rally calendar and hosts the fifth round of the 2014 Brian Green Property › Read more
Paddon values learning from Hyundai WRC debut in Italy
New Zealand’s top rally drivers Hayden Paddon and John Kennard successfully completed the final day of Rally Italia Sardegna, taking a top five stage time and finishing their debut rally with Hyundai Motorsport in 12th place overall. While the results spoke volumes of Paddon’s determination and mature approach, as well as the team’s hard work › Read more
Paddon learns and improves on Hyundai WRC debut
Having driven steadily and sensibly in the opening three Saturday stages at Rally Italia Sardegna, Hayden Paddon and John Kennard had to stop part-way through the final stage to avoid further damage to their misfiring engine. On their debut event with Hyundai Motorsport in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, Paddon and Kennard are focused on › Read more
Emma makes X Games Semis
Avoiding the carnage around her, New Zealand’s Emma Gilmour has stormed through to an incredible Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) semi finals result at the X Games in Austin, Texas this weekend. Competing as the sole female, due to the non-appearance of Australian drifter Sarah Burgess, Emma became the first woman to ever compete › Read more
BNT Mason Motorsport make it three from three with victory at NZRC Rally Canterbury
Four times New Zealand Rally Champions Richard and Sara Mason continued their domination of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship -driven by Vinz [NZRC] with a third straight victory at last weekend’s Lone Star Rally of Canterbury. In another measured, clinical display that ranged from driving to survive the treacherous muddy › Read more
Masons make it three from three
The Masterton pairing of Richard and Sara Mason have taken the honours in the third round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ to make it three wins from three championship starts. The Masons in their BNT Subaru Impreza mastered the icy North Canterbury roads to win the Lone › Read more
5 to watch: Rally Canterbury
As the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ continues its southern adventure with night stages, cool weather forecasts and increasing competition, we take a look at 5 things to keep an eye on this weekend 1. The weather – The forecast for Saturday night in Christchurch is for clear but -2°C › Read more
Stage Previews: Lone Star Rally of Canterbury
Round three of Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ sees the series stay in the South. The first of the one-day rounds of this year championship, the Lone Star Rally Canterbury in association with Joes Garage sees night stages return to the championship and while last year’s event was exclusively forestry, › Read more
Masons lead rally into darkness
National Rally Championship leader Richard Mason will head the field into darkness on Saturday night when the Lone Star Rally of Canterbury starts with two forest night stages, west of Rangiora. The Christchurch based event is round three of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ and has the › Read more
Rally Canterbury goes West for Westy
Timaru’s Chris West will miss the third round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, Rally Canterbury, as a result of damage sustained in a massive crash at Rally Otago. West, driving the Andrew Simms Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, headed to the most southern round of the NZRC looking › Read more
BNT Mason Motorsport repeat winning performance at NZRC Rally Otago
Following last month’s victory at Whangarei – the opening round of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by Vinz – four times New Zealand Rally Champions Richard and Sara Mason have repeated that performance last weekend at the other end of the country at round 2 – the DriveSouth Rally of Otago. In a › Read more
Summerfield maintains second in NZRC
The Matt Summerfield Rallisport team have defied the odds to maintain second place in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ after the second round, Rally Otago, over the weekend. An engine failure in the lead up to the event left New Zealand’s fastest brother and sister, Matt and Nicole › Read more
Hawkeswood shows new car’s potential at Otago
The long awaited debut of Andrew Hawkeswood’s Mazda 2 Maxi car in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ has seen the Auckland driver come away with a close fought fourth place finish. Hawkeswood and co-driver Rob Ryan showed the new car’s potential on the very first stage, setting the › Read more
Jansen grabs 3rd at NZRC Rally Otago
Christchurch’s Matt Jansen has re-entered the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship – driven by Vinz [NZRC] in top form as he grabbed a 3rd place finish at this weekend’s DriveSouth Rally of Otago. Matt and new co-driver, the vastly experienced and fellow Cantabrian Rocky Hudson, powered their MITECH WELDERS Subaru through the › Read more
West and Cobham ok after high speed roll
Chris West and Chris Cobham are both “a little sore but ok” following their high speed exit from the Drivesouth Rally of Otago yesterday. The Andrew Simms Mitsubishi  crew rolled 5.2km into the first stage on Sunday morning (the Taireri Beach forest test) after their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X ran wide on a very fast › Read more
Two from two for Masons
The Masterton husband and wife pairing of Richard and Sara Mason have taken their second round victory in a row after another impressive performance at the Drivesouth Rally of Otago, round two of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ. The Masons in their BNT Subaru dominated the event › Read more
Mason class of NZRC field at Otago
Current leader of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, Richard Mason, has been the class of the NZRC field in their BNT Subaru on the opening day of the Drivesouth Otago Rally. Following Mason home were Chris West and Emma Gilmour. Mason and co-driving wife Sara took advantage of › Read more
Stage Previews – Drivesouth Rally Otago
Round two of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship – driven by VINZ – is the iconic OtagoRally, which this year runs as a round of the NZRC for the 20th consecutive year. Canterburys Jeff Judd is an experienced driver and co-driver having rallied all over New Zealand and Internationally, we asked ‘Juddy’ to help › Read more
5 minutes with Matt Summerfield….
Canterbury driver Matt Summerfield has had a great start to the 2014 championship and is second in the points standings after finishing second overall at the opening round VINZ Rally Whangarei. This was Matt and co-driver (and sister) Nicole’s best NZRC result to date and a great reward for the small family team from Rangiora. › Read more
Southern challenge awaits Championship field
Balancing speed with risk is the challenge according to championship leader Richard Mason as the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ heads to the rolling hills and forest tracks of the Drivesouth Rally of Otago next weekend. The two day event contested over 283 kilometers of special stages is › Read more
NZRC Update: Between the rallies
One week out from the Drivesouth Rally Otago, round two of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, catchup with our summary of all the championship news between events. Joining the field for round 2 is the 2012 National Junior champion Matt Jansen. The Canterbury driver will be joined by › Read more
Top field for 2014 Rally of Otago
An impressive field of 88 competitors will line up for next month’s International Rally of Otago, with some of the rallying’s biggest names taking part, including 1994 World Champion, Didier Auriol, from France. The 44-car field for round two of the Brian Green Property Group New  Zealand Rally Championship component of the event is headed › Read more
Rally Nation: Rally Whangarei TV Coverage this weekend
TV3, 2.30pm this Sunday (April 27th)- tune into see all the highlights from Rally Whangarei, the opening round of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ. An event full of action and drama, amongst the backdrop of the fast and spectacular Northland roads. The show will also be repeated › Read more
2014 VINZ Rally Whangarei – Gallery
The stunning weather and fast pace, made for some fantastic images from round 1 of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ. Check out the action caught on camera by our photographer Euan Cameron over the course of the weekend. Full gallery here: http://www.nzrallychampionship.co.nz/photos/   Dave Strong kicking up the › Read more
Masons win titanic Whangarei Rally battle
The Masterton pairing of Richard and Sara Mason have taken victory in the opening round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ.  The Masons were pushed all the way by a number of new challenges over the two days of the VINZ Rally Whangarei, held in dry, dusty and › Read more
Mason and BNT Subaru hunting record 5th rally title
Four times New Zealand Rally champion Richard Mason from Masterton could make history as the first driver to secure five titles. Its a point the BNT Subaru driver and co-driver Sara Mason are very aware of as they start the 2014 Brian Green Property Group NZ Rally Championship driven by VINZ this weekend.  Mason’s current haul › Read more
Gull fuels NZ rally drivers
Gull Fuels will provide support to six young drivers competing in the 2014 New Zealand Rally Championship via the Gull Rally Scholarship initiative. The Gull Rally Scholarship which commenced in 2012 is aimed at supporting the development of up and coming talent in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, › Read more
Van Klink wants Classic title back in 2014
Kaiapoi rally driver Marcus van Klink has made his intentions clear for the 2014 season, he wants to regain the New Zealand Historic Rally Championship title he won in 2012. As the defending champion last season, van Klink faced strong opposition in the Chesters Mazda RX-7, although it was not speed but a horrific run › Read more
Stage Preview: VINZ International Rally Whangarei
This year’s VINZ International Rally of Whangarei sees the event receive its biggest change in format in several years. Traditionally run entirely to the south of Whangarei, for 2014 the first day heads North of Whangarei using new roads for the event, before the second leg takes in the traditional international stages from years past.  › Read more
Read to co-drive Paddon for Stadium Cars Classic Otago Rally
Newly-signed Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Hayden Paddon, the current NZ rally champion, returns to New Zealand in May for his second attempt at the famous Stadium Cars International Classic Rally of Otago. For the 9 to 11 May event, Paddon will be back behind the wheel of the Stadium Finance BDA Escort that he › Read more
Hawkeswood and spectacular new Mazda aiming for fast start
Andrew Hawkeswood has piloted some spectacular cars from his Group A Lancer Evo’s, to the fearsome Audi Quattro S1. For 2014 Andrew returns to the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, in a new generation car that signals the future of rallycar design in this country.  Andrews new rally weapon, the › Read more
Round 4, Rally Wairarapa 2014 is green for GO!
  Having worked with the local communities, residents and Councils over the last 8 months, through earthquakes and concerns on road use, the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa is now set to deliver an exciting and challenging motorsport event on Saturday 28th June. “It has been a full team effort”, says Bruce Sollitt, Secretary of the › Read more

Upcoming Events

 
  1. Rnd5 | Dayle ITM Goldrush Rally of Coromandel

    August 16 @ 5:00 pm - August 17 @ 5:00 pm UTC+12
  2. Rnd6 | Hamilton Car Club Waitomo Rally

    October 19

ABOUT THE NZRC

 
The New Zealand Rally Championship is this country’s premier nationwide rally championship. It attracts New Zealand’s best drivers to compete in numerous categories for the prestigious MotorSport New Zealand-sanctioned rally championship titles. In 2019, there are six NZRC rounds, each with a unique character reflecting the diverse regions – from Northland to Otago.

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